Village health worker partnerships for malaria control (Global Public Health, May 2009)

Among the most pressing issues facing conflict ares of eastern Burma is how to provide effective program coverage in areas of active displacement, where ongoing conflict forces villagers from their homes, and where even stable villages may be several days’ walk from a health clinic. Although, early diagnosis and treatment are essential to reduce malaria-related morbidity and mortality, high demand for clinical services strains the limited supply of trained-health workers. In order to expand the skilled human resources for malaria control in eastern Burma, CPI partners, the Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW) and the Backpack Health Worker Team (BPHWT) have recruited locally trained village health workers (VHWs) to carry out day-to-day program components, including malaria diagnosis, treatment and education.